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The Chilterns MS Centre is delighted to have become Wycombe Wanderers’ first official Medical Charity Partner!

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In return for the football club naming us their official Medical Charity Partner for the 2016-2017 season, we will offer Wycombe Wanderers players hyperbaric oxygen therapy when we have capacity in the chambers. 

We look forward to raising our profile in High Wycombe and the south of the county through regular content in match day programmes, promotional activities and match day sponsorship.  ‘Our’ match will be on Saturday 14 January; we will be the designated match sponsor of the fixture against Yeovil Town at Adams Park with a 3pm kick off.  Now there’s a date for your diary! 

Catherine Golds, the Chilterns MS Centre’s volunteer PR Manager, said: “The biggest advantage for us is that we’re very well-known around Wendover where the Centre is based, but there are many more people locally who have MS and may not know about our wonderful facility. By partnering with Wycombe Wanderers, we will raise awareness and hope to encourage more people with MS to come along and use all the services we offer.” 

The Wanderers’ captain Paul Hayes was the first to use one of our oxygen chambers at the start of this new partnership, which has helped to ease an injury crisis in the Wycombe squad already with several players returning to action faster than the initial prognosis. 

Cian O’Doherty, Head of Medical at Wycombe Wanderers, said: “Our club doctor Craig White and I were looking for alternative ways to help get the players back to full fitness as soon as possible and one option which jumped out were the oxygen chambers at the Chilterns MS Centre. We saw really good results from Paul’s visit and the partnership has developed from there.” 

Defender Joe Jacobson was one of the first players to use the Centre, and he was thoroughly impressed with both the welcome he received and the effectiveness of the treatment: “It was very strange at first, sitting there with a mask on for an hour or so, but I found it a very worthwhile experience. When I first suffered my injury I was told I would be out of action for three months, but I was playing again in five weeks. Everyone at the Centre was so helpful and friendly which made me and my team-mates feel at ease, and it was nice to  go there as a group each day, seeing each other progress at different rates.” 

Catherine added, “The positive messages of support the players have put out across social media have helped to reinforce how friendly and welcoming the Centre is.” 

The Wanderers’ manager Gareth Ainsworth concluded: “Going forward, the Chilterns MS Centre is a big part of the team at Wycombe Wanderers and I hope we can play our part by helping to raise awareness of the facilities and expertise that people may not be aware of. Already one of our players has asked to arrange therapy at the centre for a family member, and I’m sure there will be many supporters who can also benefit from their services.” 

Look out for WWFC players in and around the Centre.  You too might share an oxygen treatment with them, as Mark and Iris did earlier in the year!